19 Jul 2010 03:07:02
UK's renewable power generation 'has fallen behind'
The UK has fallen behind much of Europe in its development of renewable energy and sustainable ways of living, one expert has claimed.
A spokesperson for TheRenewableEnergyCentre.co.uk suggested that the government should have taken action back in 2008 when it was "still talking about plans and issuing bold statements rather than taking action".
Figures released by Eurostat, the statistical arm of the European Commission, earlier this month show that in 2008 energy from renewable sources contributed 10.3 percent to Europe's total fuel consumption.
This figure is just a small increase from the 8.8 percent from renewable sources in 2006 and the 9.7 percent in 2007.
The spokesperson said: "We [the UK] are still only now getting to grips with the required levels of renewable energy that the UK needs to produce to avoid hefty fines from the European Union if we do not meet the targets by 2020."
She added that both government and private sector investment is "essential" if the country is to make a significant contribution to renewable power generation.